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					Main bullet points of Pete’s career for press.
* Pete is one of the most versatile multi-percussionists in the world, having immersed himself in
percussion and drums from every part of the globe, from Indian to Arabic and from Japanese to
Latin.He has a number of collaborative projects and has released five albums. The wide range of
artists he’s worked with reflects the diversity of his playing, inc: Björk, Peter Gabriel, Robert
Plant, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck, David Torn, Vikku Vinayakram, Selva Ganesh, Ustad Zakir
Hussain, The Verve, Bickram Ghosh, Steve Smith, Texas, Damien Rice, Craig
Armstrong, Bernard Butler, U Shrinivas, Ronan Keating, Nitin Sawhney, Evan Dando,
Adrian Sherwood, Afro Celt Sound System, Vanessa-Mae, David Arnold, Evelyn Glennie,
Errol Brown, Jarvis Cocker, Rory Gallagher, Pet Shop Boys, Beth Orton, Hari Haran, Mel
C, A R Rahman, Eumir Deodato, BBC concert orchestra, Sinead O'Conner and lots more!

* Pete was voted runner up best percussionist 2010 & 2011 in Modern Drummer USA

*His book, ‘Indian rhythms for the drum set’ was ‘Book of the year 2008’ in the dutch music

*Pete's Album, Taiko to Tabla with Joji Hirota included in top 55 rhythm albums of all time in
Songlines magazine, 2006

*Petes CD releases include……..

Petes Discography with international artists is far too extensive to add here but his main personal
projects have had numerous CD releases and include……..

‘TAIKO TO TABLA’ feat Joji Hirota and Pete. Two albums with his world drumming project

‘NETWORK OF SPARKS’ which featured Bill Bruford, drummer of ‘Genesis’ and ‘Yes’ fame. Two
albums with his multi ethnic quintet

‘PARALLAX BEAT BROTHERS’ Two albums with sound designer and electronics wizard,
Scanner on the duo project

‘LIVE IN ISTANBUL’ One solo album,

‘TAALISMAN’ Duo feat Indian guitarist, Amit Chatterjee on the Indiabeat label.

‘ROR’ Trio with Henrik Anderson and Shashank on the Indiabeat label.

‘MADE IN CHENNAI’ Feat Umarshankar Vinayakram on the Indiabeat label.

'KINGDOM OF RHYTHM’ Duo with Bickram Ghosh on the Saregama label.

Ghosh, Rajesh Mandolin and Mahesh Vinayakram. (Music Today label)
‘ABOUT TIME’ Solo album released on Drumzine 2010.

‘RHYTHM KING’ Compilation released on Questz World in India 2011.

‘MADE IN CALCUTTA’ Feat Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Prattyush Bannerjee and musicians of
Calcutta. (Soon to be released).

Pete has also released a sample CD on Loopmasters / Bigfish audio in 2010.

* BOOKS……Pete has released two books.
> ‘INDIAN RHYTHMS FOR THE DRUM SET’ on HUDSON Music USA.                  This is the first book of
its kind covering North & South Indian rhythms on the drum set. It was book of the year 2008 in
Holland and in the top five in the USA MD poll.

* FILM WORK….. He has also worked extensively in the film industry.         Pete arranged and
recorded all the ethnic percussion for the recend Hollywood hits, The Incredible Hulk 2, Quantum
of Solace, Casino Royale and can also count the three previous bond movies, Die Another Day,
Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough amongst his credits, along with Hollywood
blockbusters, City of Angels (Meg Ryan), The Insider (Al Pacino), Plunkett & Maclean (Robert
Carlisle), The Bone Collector, (Denzel Washington), Amazing Grace, (Albert Finney), The quiet
American (Michael Caine), Moulin Rouge, (Nicole Kidman), and the Guy Ritchie film Snatch, as
well as TV and advertising credits which are too numerous to mention. He has also recorded in
the Indian film industry, most recently in Chennai with AR Rahman on the 2007 blockbuster,
SIVAJI, (Rajini Kanth)

* INSTRUMENTS….A basic list of instruments includes: North/South Indian percussion:
tabla, mridangam, kanjira, ghatam, vocal percussion, dhol. Middle Eastern percussion: darabuka,
req, bendir, frame-drums. Latin percussion: congas, bongos, timbales, berimbau. Also Irish
Bodhran, Nigerian Udu, West African djembe, Japanese taiko, Western drumset and many weird
and wonderful percussion effects such as waterphones & spring drums, along with many strange
percussive objects built and customised by Pete. He also works extensively with electronics &
samplers, both live and in the studio, using samplers, effects units and live electronic looping to
create densely alternative percussion fabrics.

* LIVE WORK..... Worldwide touring has included India, Nepal, Thailand, Azerbaijan,
Pakistan, Sudan, Malaysia, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Palestine, Russia,
Israel, America, Canada and extensively all over Europe. Pete has performed to packed houses
all over the world including the Edinburgh Festival, Bruges Festival, Rhythm Sticks Festival at the
Royal Festival Hall in London (sold out twice), Drumusique Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Glasgow
One World Festival, Pontardawe Festival, Belfast Festival, Guildford Festival and Newbury
Festival to name a few.

* EDUCATION.....Pete has taught and lectured Worldwide, including The Royal College,
Berklee school of Music, Boston, The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music in
London and performances and workshops at the PASIC 99 percussion conference in Columbus,
Ohio. Technique articles in drum magazines number over a hundred and include MODERN
DRUMMER’ in the US, RHYTHM in the UK, Drums SA in South Africa, Drummer mag in the UK,
magazines in Argentina, Italy, Australia and more.. He has also published a series on drum and
percussion programming using computers and sound modules for THE MIX magazine in
Europe. Petes website is also a valuable source of information for percussionists worldwide and
features hundreds of free lessons in video / audio / text and mp3 format. It has been voted
website of the month on the BBC in the UK during 2008.

Note regarding photos if required. There are plenty of hi res photos in the photo albums on
Pete’s website, if required. These are between 2MB and 10MB in size.
Click on thumbnails to download hi res versions once in the respective photo albums. Wherever
possible please mention Pete’s website in an article.

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